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Today's News

  • Swing for the fences

    Curtis Cunningham deserves a humanitarian award.

    As the crowd at Columbine High School struggled to stay warm March 14, the senior slugger did what he had to do to send everyone home. He crushed the first pitch he saw.

    And everyone ran to their cars to turn on the heat.

  • Charges filed in theft from sports association

    Carrie Ann Smith was charged with theft of more than $20,000 and two counts of forgery of checks March 17 in the theft of more than $100,000 from the South Jeffco Sports Association.

    During the time Smith served as office manager for the South Jeffco Sports Association, an audit showed $102,580.65 in misappropriated funds between September 2005 and September 2007. The theft charge is a class 3 felony, and the two counts of forgery are class 5 felonies.

  • Neighbors oppose development on 170-acre Fehringer Ranch parcel

    The development group that plans to turn a set of empty fields known as Fehringer Ranch into 2 million square feet of office, retail and residential space told a group of angry homeowners last week that the debate about whether the land should be open space is in the past; the question now is the mix of uses it will support.

  • Public can weigh in on Jeffco's master plan

    Jefferson County Planning Director John Wolforth likes to quote the words of 19th-century architect Daniel Burnham when describing the ideals of his department: “Make no little plans; they have no magic.”

    Wolforth is proud of how “aggressive” the county has become at long-range planning: The planning commission and county staff are working to update the comprehensive master plan, and Wolforth’s department is also implementing a new public outreach program.

  • Can't stop fires, but can make them a higher priority

    If you’ve been to Summit or Grand counties lately, you’ve seen the effects of the largest and most catastrophic pine beetle infestation in decades.

    As the Rocky Mountain News recently reported, “Every large, mature lodgepole pine forest in Colorado and southern Wyoming will be dead within three to five years,” based on projections from the U.S. Forest Service. The Rocky further reported that the outbreak, which began in 1996, has infested 1.5 million acres of trees, culminating in an unbelievable 500,000 additional acres in 2007 alone.

  • Legislative session reaches halfway mark

    The Colorado General Assembly passed the halfway mark of this year’s 120-session last weekend. This year’s session has been marked by big reports, the arrival of TABOR author Douglas Bruce and a workmanlike tone. The biggest issues are likely still to come.

  • Gardens' neighbors hear sour notes: Homeowners not convinced measures will blunt sound from concerts

    Homeowners near the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield are not convinced that repositioning the concert stage and adding landscaping will mean less music filling their ears on summer evenings.

    But Botanic Gardens officials say changing the stage’s alignment — from facing almost directly north toward Chatfield Bluffs homes to facing northeast toward the intersection of C-470 and Wadsworth — should go a long way toward reducing the noise level for area homeowners.

  • Sheriff's Calls: All lubed up
  • County employees' names no longer must be published with salaries

    The amount of money paid to each county employee in 2007 was published recently, only this time a job title is listed without any mention of the employee’s name.

    The legislature amended state law requiring that employees’ names be published along with salary and benefits information.

  • Residents can sign up to become permanent mail-in voters

    Voters can now sign up to permanently receive their election ballots through the mail.